FAQs About Teeth Whitening

Are you considering cosmetic teeth whitening? Teeth whitening is a popular, safe and effective way to refurbish a smile darkened, dulled and discolored by:Teeth Whitening

  • age
  • some prescription drugs
  • dark beverages such as coffee, red wine, black tea and colas
  • foods such as blueberries, curry and soy sauce
  • smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Offered as a fast in-office or more gradual at-home treatment, teeth whitening brightens enamel by up to 8 shades. Dr. Nicholas J. Booker, Trenton area cosmetic dentist, carefully evaluates his patients to determine if they are whitening candidates.

FAQs about Whitening

  1. Who can get professional teeth whitening? Older teens through senior adults can. However, teeth must be free of decay and restorations and gums free of periodontal issues.
  2. What is the active ingredient in whitening gel? At-home whitening gels provided by your dentist contain carbamide peroxide, and in-office treatments contain highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. These bleaching agents reach down through the enamel and inner dentin to lift out stains.
  3. How long does whitening take? In Dr. Booker's office, the treatment takes about an hour, producing dramatic results. At-home, the procedure takes about a week, with patients using the custom-made trays and gels for a short time each day for an excellent effect.
  4. Is the gel safe for my teeth and gums? When professionally done, whitening is very safe. In the office, Dr. Booker's team takes protective measures for the soft tissues of the mouth. At home, the gel is far less concentrated, and the trays fit perfectly over the teeth. People who use over the counter whitening products run the risk of a messy application that could harm oral tissues.
  5. Will my teeth really be white? Your shade of your teeth will improve quite a bit - up to 8 shades. It's important, however, to have realistic expectations. Tooth color has a genetic component, so some people's teeth are naturally whiter than others. Whitening results will vary. A simple rule of thumb is that your tooth color should approximate the shade of the white of your eyes.
  6. Will my teeth become sensitive? Some people experience minor tooth sensitivity. However, this quickly resolves. Kids and young teens should avoid whitening, however, as baby teeth are lost and adult teeth emerge.
  7. How can I keep my teeth white? Protect your investment by brushing twice daily and flossing each day as the American Dental Association recommends. Get semi-annual exams and cleanings with Dr. Booker. Also, avoid staining dietary choices. Most importantly, quit smoking and chewing tobacco. Tobacco use is bad for overall health, stains teeth and increases the occurrence of dental decay and gum disease.

Contact Booker Family Dentistry

Dr. Booker and his friendly team are dedicated to your dental health and overall sense of well-being. Why not call his Trenton area office and further explore how cosmetic dentistry could create your best smile? Phone (734) 675-5700 for an appointment.

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